Survivor: South Pacific: Would You Have Said 'Yes' to Coach's Hug?

Kudos to Survivor: South Pacific‘s editing team for attempting to infuse some suspense into what was essentially one of the more predictable episodes in recent memory.

Early in the proceedings we got Jim and his “suspiciously white teeth” approaching Cochran, then Cochran approaching Dawn, about trying to stir up a Savaii blindside against She Who’s Been Sharing a Hammock With Ozzy (aka Elyse). Meanwhile, on Upolu, Brandon continued his descent into becoming the most annoying human on TV this season by vowing to become a better person, sharing with Edna that she wasn’t really a part of the core alliance, and then believing Stacey when she planted the idea in his head that Sophie, Albert, and Mikayla were plotting against him. It got so bad that Coach started worrying Little Hantz was about to “kick over the kettle at the most inopportune time.”

Nevertheless, after Savaii triumphed over Upolu in an immunity challenge that had three members of each tribe hoisting poles onto their shoulders and trying not to collapse as 10 lb. bags were added to their burden, it was clear Stacey (pictured) was in jeopardy, despite a strong effort in the challenge. Stacey made the not unreasonable case that chatty, skinny Edna was the weaker player, and therefore deserved to get the boot, but Coach & Co. went with loyalty over physical prowess. I loved Stacey’s “is this clown for real?” facial expression when Coach approached her and tried to tell her how much he really liked her (while simultaneously implying that, yeah, she was on the chopping block).

Even better, though, was Stacey’s response after the Tribal Council votes were read and it was clear her torch was made for snuffin’. “Let’s give her a hug,” said Coach, rising to embrace the woman whose demise he’d plotted. Stacey performed a full-body rejection of the gesture, and I’ll admit: It made me howl with laughter. Seriously, Coach, you just pretty much ripped a $1 million prize out of the woman’s hands, and you think she’s going to throw her arms around you in a kumbaya moment? Stacey’s not goin’ out like that!

What would you have done in this situation, Survivor fans? Would you have made like Stacey and rejected Coach’s gesture, or would you have sucked it up and accepted it, knowing you might need to align with him if you survived Redemption Island? Sound off in our poll below, and for all my reality recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!